Ever Had Gluten Free Angel Food Cake? Now You Can With This Coupon By Gluten Free Bakehouse Whole Foods Market

Growing up, once we were past our years of character themed birthday cakes I’m pretty sure every birthday we requested my mom’s angel food cake. It was so light and fluffy with a little sponginess to it too, not to mention her chocolate pudding frosting she’d add to it (tear). Ah those were the days, lots of fantastic memories filled with gluten. These days, you won’t see many an angel food cake at birthday parties in our neck of the woods, mostly because it’s chock full of gluten. But now thanks to Whole Foods Market gluten free brand I’m going to welcome Angel Food Cake back into my life with open arms!

Whole Foods Market offers their own gluten free brand called Gluten Free Bakehouse. As far as their line of gluten free products is considered, there’s so much variety and each product that I’ve tried has been just as tasty as the other. From gluten free scones and muffins to pie crust and breadcrumbs and not to mention now angel food cake. It seems like the possibilities are endless for this gluten free store brand! Mouth watering yet? Yeah, mine is too, now it’s time to hop over to your local Whole Foods and grab your angel food cake, but don’t forget to print this Whole Foods Bakehouse Coupon.first to save yourself $1. Enjoy the treat and savings!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

Gluten Free Chicken, Broccoli, And Cheese Quesadillas Using Udi’s Large Tortillas

Okay, so I received some samples of Udi’s new tortillas not too long ago and absolutely fell in love with them. I’ve been itching to get my hands on another package since then but haven’t had any luck finding them in my local grocery stores. Thankfully, I was wandering with little girl through one of my local health food stores the other day and spotted them, in all their gluten free glory, sitting in the freezer case. Since finding them was somewhat of a needle in a haystack scenario, I decided to snag a few packages while I had them in front of me, especially since they could be kept in the freezer for quite awhile. At $4.19 a piece they weren’t too terribly priced, but thankfully I remembered that I had Udi’s coupons sitting at the bottom of my diaper bag waiting for a moment like this to be used. And voila! Only ten minutes later and I’d saved $5 on four packages of gluten free Udi’s tortillas that were now nestled snugly in my backseat next to my little girl. Finding my favorite gluten free tortillas and saving some money on them too was a huge success for this mommy, ah the little things in life that’ll make you smile!

Well anyway, now with four packages in hand, I couldn’t wait to try out some new ways to enjoy these perfect gluten free tortillas. While I love using them to make wraps, especially my Crispy Chicken Cobb Wrap, I was really in the mood to do something warm, maybe either a panini or quesadilla. Seeing as I already had all of the ingredients for my type of quesadilla, we found a winner. Okay, so my type of quesadilla isn’t a traditional spicy version but rather it’s the perfect combo of ingredients for the Gluten Free Mom To Be. I just love the flavor and texture combination of the melted cheddar jack cheese, diced chicken, and chopped broccoli all enveloped in toasted tortillas. These are so delicious and make my mouth water just thinking about them.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package Large Udi’s Tortillas
  • 1 cup diced, grilled chicken (I used 1 9 oz boxes Perdue Shortcuts.)
  • 1 8 oz bag shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • Butter to cook quesadilla (I used Smart Balance.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Out of each Udi’s Large Tortilla package you’ll get 3 quesadillas so you’ll be repeating each of these steps three times.
  • Spread a thin layer of butter on one side of each tortilla, making sure you cover the entire side of the tortilla. 


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Udi’s large tortilla with one side buttered for cooking.

  • Warm up skillet at medium heat.
  • Add your first buttered tortilla to a warmed skillet, butter side down. Next few steps involve assembling the quesadilla which I do in the skillet. It’s much easier to quickly and carefully assemble the quesadilla in the skillet than trying to move the assembled quesadilla from plate to skillet (this gets quite messy).  
  • To the top, spread a thin layer of shredded cheddar jack cheese (I’d say about 1/4 cup).


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Add buttered tortilla to a warmed skillet, followed by a thin layer of shredded cheese.

  • Add about 1/3 cup diced chicken on top of cheese layer. When I’m in a rush, I use Perdue Shortcuts, either grilled or honey flavored. They’re so simple and easy to use and taste fantastic in this dish. 
  • Next, add about 1/3 cup chopped broccoli across chicken and cheese, making sure to spread evenly.


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Layer diced chicken and chopped broccoli on top of tortilla and cheese. 

  • Toss a little more shredded cheese on top of the fillings, just to help the second tortilla stick. 
  • Season fillings with a little salt and pepper if you wish and then top them with the second tortilla, butter side facing up.
  • After only about 2-3 minutes of cooking on first side, using a spatula, carefully lift the bottom layer up to make sure it’s golden brown. 
  • Once the bottom tortilla has turned golden brown, using a large spatula carefully flip the quesadilla over so the uncooked, buttered tortilla is now face down on the skillet and the browned tortilla is face up. 


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Carefully flip your quesadilla so the cooked side is up and uncooked buttered tortilla is down on the skillet. 

  • After an additional 2-3 minutes cooking on the second side, carefully scoop out quesadilla and add it to a plate.
  • Using a pizza cutter, cut your quesadilla into as many slices as you prefer.
  • Repeat assembly and cooking steps for remaining tortillas and you’ll end up with three large portions of delicious and gluten free chicken, cheese, and broccoli quesadillas! 


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Yummy! It’s making my mouth water just looking at this picture.

These quesadillas are a quick and tasty dinner, lunch, or even appetizer for a dinner party! They’re a different take on your traditional zesty quesadillas and satisfy even the pickiest diners. If you have non-gluten free diners in your family just split this recipe between gluten free and non-gluten free tortillas. For our family, I prepared one gluten free quesadilla for myself and two non-gluten free quesadillas for my husband and daughter. As always be careful of cross contamination, but what I like to do is prep all of the ingredients first and then make my gluten free quesadilla before I even take out the non-gluten free tortillas. Also, a little tip about minimizing your dirty dishes, just reuse your skillet between quesadillas. I make mine first so I don’t share a cook top, which is a big cross contamination no no, and then assemble and make the regular quesadillas in the same skillet afterwards.

So grab your favorite gluten free tortillas, I highly recommend Udi’s brand, and put these quesadillas together as soon as possible! I for one am so glad that I came upon these tortillas, as they’re by far the best gluten free tortillas that I’ve yet to experience. I certainly can see many a gluten free wrap and quesadilla in my future, especially during a future pregnancy. What a great pregnancy snack or meal!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

Gluten Free Chicken, Broccoli, And Cheese Quesadillas


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Ingredients
  1. 1 Package Large Udi’s Tortillas
  2. 1 cup diced, grilled chicken (I used 1 9 oz boxes Perdue Shortcuts.)
  3. 1 8 oz bag shredded cheddar jack cheese
  4. 1 cup chopped broccoli
  5. Butter to cook quesadilla (I used Smart Balance.)
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Out of each Udi’s Large Tortilla package you’ll get 3 quesadillas so you’ll be repeating each of these steps three times.
  2. Spread a thin layer of butter on one side of each tortilla, making sure you cover the entire side of the tortilla.
  3. Warm up skillet at medium heat.
  4. Add your first buttered tortilla to a warmed skillet, butter side down. Next few steps involve assembling the quesadilla which I do in the skillet. It’s much easier to quickly and carefully assemble the quesadilla in the skillet than trying to move the assembled quesadilla from plate to skillet (this gets quite messy).
  5. To the skillet tortilla, spread a thin layer of shredded cheddar jack cheese (I’d say about 1/4 cup).
  6. Add about 1/3 cup diced chicken on top of cheese layer. When I’m in a rush, I use Perdue Shortcuts, either grilled or honey flavored. They’re so simple and easy to use and taste fantastic in this dish.
  7. Next, add about 1/3 cup chopped broccoli across chicken and cheese, making sure to spread evenly.
  8. Toss a little more shredded cheese on top of the fillings, just to help the second tortilla stick.
  9. Season fillings with a little salt and pepper if you wish and then top them with the second tortilla, butter side facing up.
  10. After only about 2-3 minutes of cooking on first side, using a spatula, carefully lift the bottom layer up to make sure it’s golden brown.
  11. Once the bottom tortilla has turned golden brown, using a large spatula carefully flip the quesadilla over so the uncooked, buttered tortilla is now face down on the skillet and the browned tortilla is face up.
  12. After an additional 2-3 minutes cooking on the second side, carefully scoop out quesadilla and add it to a plate.
  13. Using a pizza cutter, cut your quesadilla into as many slices as you’d like.
  14. Repeat assembly and cooking steps for remaining tortillas and you’ll end up with three portions of delicious and gluten free chicken, cheese, and broccoli quesadillas!
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Gluten Free Guide To Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Lots of animals, good food, great shows, and some rides mixed in (along with lots of shade!) makes for a great day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom for our little girl. She LOVES animals, laughing at everything they do, pointing and talking to them, and always saying hi and bye when we see each of them. Animal Kingdom for us is a great, relaxing day of our vacation where we can wander through the park on shady paths spotting different animals throughout and even experience some entertaining shows and a few rides along the way. Let’s not forget that in that schedule somewhere though we manage to squeeze in some great food too!

Animal Kingdom is home to so many unique dining experiences, but one of my favorites is Flame Tree Barbecue. Here you can get barbecue of all kinds, from ribs, to pulled pork, to chicken, each as delicious as the other and gluten free! I usually prefer the pulled pork sandwich with Disney’s fantastic fries along with the OMG cookie as a dessert and let me just say it is a perfect lunch. We just love lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue, where you can hide away from Florida’s hot sun at a table nestled in the shady grove right by the river. All in all, it’s safe to say that it’s our favorite place to have lunch and thankfully offers so many gluten free and allergy free menu options along with some of my favorite gluten free products like the OMG cookie. But Flame Tree Barbecue isn’t the only location where you can grab OMG snacks, Enjoy Life Cookies, Silk Soymilk, or even BabyCakes treats. Check out my Animal Kingdom Gluten Free Guide to see where you can grab your favorite gluten free products.    



Animal Kingdom Gluten Free Products. Click to enlarge.



Animal Kingdom Gluten Free Products. Click to enlarge.

Along with lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue, we’ve found another great gluten free dining spot offering fantastic snack and quick breakfast options. Animal Kingdom’s Garden Kiosk, located right by Flame Tree Barbecue, is a Garden of Eden if you will for the allergy folk. As you can tell on my guide, they offer everything from sweets and salty snacks to fresh produce  and even gluten free alcoholic beverages. One of my personal favorite snack/breakfast options at this stand is the BabyCakes chocolate donut, it’s divine. Take a peak at my review to catch a glimpse of this amazing breakfast treat, along with my go to lunch at Animal Kingdom. 

The addition of the Garden Kiosk to Disney’s Animal Kingdom was a fantastic decision on Disney’s part and I’m hoping that they follow suit and add a similar stand to all of the other parks as well. It’s just nice to have a stand that’s made just for you and has a menu filled with all gluten free products. Fingers crossed!

So next time you’re headed to Animal Kingdom print or pin this guide so you know exactly where you need to go to grab your favorite gluten free snacks, rolls, drinks, and even a quick breakfast. But don’t forget that this list only tells you what gluten free brands they offer in Animal Kingdom, not necessarily the menu options that are available, which are many many more. 

TIP: If you’re planning on dining at Flame Tree Barbecue for lunch get there a little before opening time. The lines can be very long and when you’re ordering gluten free and requiring a manager’s help the wait can be pretty painful. We arrived at about 10:40 and stood in the shade while our little one napped. At 11:00 the counters opened and we were first at our register to place an order. Getting there early was a must for us, especially since the lines can get pretty tight and partially in the sun. 

Sincerely,

Lindsay

Crisp Outside, Chewy Inside = A Gluten Free Bagel? Yup! Thanks To Sweet Note Bagels!

Who would’ve thought that our years of enduring gluten free bagels that feel more like rolls or slices of very dense bread than actual bagels have come to an end. That’s right! We’ve entered a new phase in the gluten free world where everyday it seems that more and more delicious products are appearing from smaller, up and coming businesses rather than from the massive pioneers that led the gluten free industry. It’s so exciting to see these new brands appearing with their fresh and inspired gluten free lines. They’ve introduced so many new and tasty products that have either been your typical gluten free food falling short in flavor and feel categories or completely obsolete in a gluten free individual’s diet. Either way, I for one am so encouraged for the gluten free diner’s future, seeing all of the amazing new brands and tasting their fantastic additions to the gluten free shelves.

Not too long ago, I stumbled upon one of these newer brands thanks to the power of sharing on Twitter. Sweet Note Bakery is definitely named appropriately as their team is led by the sweetest of bakers who have kindly put together an amazing gluten free bagel that is free of gluten, dairy, egg, and soy! While you can certainly buy their product online, I wanted to snatch a bite as soon as possible. So I scoured the store locator and found them in one of my local allergy and healthy eating stores. Low and behold, the team from Sweet Note Bakery was hosting a tasting event at the store that upcoming weekend. It was a perfect opportunity to not only sample these delectable looking bagels but also meet the faces behind the potentially amazing product. 



Sweet Note Bagels



Sweet Note Bagels

With my family in tow, we stopped into the event and met Brittany, one of the team members over at Sweet Note Bakery. I felt so comfortable sampling and purchasing their product, thanks to Brittany’s ability to answer the Gluten Free Mom To Be’s long list of questions. Her passion and belief in their product was contagious and we were soon hopping on the Sweet Note Bagel bandwagon too. One warm bite of sample bagel later and we were hooked. Both my husband and I were so impressed with their product, that we couldn’t help but purchase a few packages to keep enjoying at home. 



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Sweet Note Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

I personally love plain, cinnamon raisin, and everything bagels, all of which are Sweet Note Bagel varieties. For about $7.99 at our local store you get a package of four which can be stored in the freezer until you’re ready to enjoy. After just 45-60 seconds of defrosting in the microwave, just slice your bagel and toast briefly and you’re ready to go. Once the bagel is toasted,  add either a thin layer of low fat cream cheese or if you’re feeling a bit fancier try making a breakfast sandwich with the everything or plain, adding on scrambled egg, cheese, and bacon, yum! It is truly amazing how Sweet Note Bakery has created a gluten free bagel that tastes identical to a gluten filled version. They have a crispy crust on the outside and a chewy middle, just like the gluten filled ones I used to enjoy.

Size wise, they are about the same size of any other freezer bagel like Glutino gluten free bagels or even Lender’s regular bagels. Unfortunately, being that they are so delicious, I for one wish that they were bigger. They’re just that good! Who wouldn’t wish that one day we could grab a gluten free bagel that doesn’t necessarily fit in the palm of our hand. But hey, Sweet Note Bagels, while they are on the smaller side but are comparable to any other frozen bagel, are really just right and hit the spot every time!

Okay, so price wise, they are a bit pricey, however keep in mind these girls are a new business and need to start somewhere. Although I can’t afford these everyday, I certainly will continue to support them on occasion when I can (more often when I’m pregnant again for sure) and hopefully help them grow their business too. Everyday it seems, Sweet Note Bakery is sharing more and more locations that you can find their bagels; so hopefully one day in the near future, you’ll spot Sweet Note Bagels in your local grocery store at maybe a cheaper price too.

Grab a package of Sweet Note Bagels today! Their product is phenomenal and even makes you ask that question that you’re so used to asking in a bad way, “Are you sure this is gluten free?”. This time though when you’re asking that question, you’ll only be saying it because they taste that good, what a great feeling that is! So use Sweet Note Bakery’s store locator to see if you can grab some of these at a store near you. And if you can’t, no worries, just order some via their website! I highly recommend my three favorite varieties, cinnamon raisin, everything, and plain!      

Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

May I Introduce You To Canyon Bakehouse: Save Today On The Best Gluten Free Bread Brand



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If you haven’t met Canyon Bakehouse, let me introduce you to my all time favorite gluten free bread brand. They offer gluten free varieties of breads that I haven’t seen ever in my gluten free life. Better yet though, their gluten free versions look, feel, and taste exactly like their non-gluten free equivalents. My favorite out of their gluten free products is by far the Rosemary and Thyme Focaccia, which is incredibly light and moist, just how I remember good focaccia bread to be. You can use it for your favorite cold sandwich or panini or be a little creative and try it in my Gluten Free Garlicky Focaccia Appetizers. Either way, it certainly will not disappoint, just as none of their other gluten free products will either. Excited to try a Canyon Bakehouse gluten free product? Here’s something that’ll make you even more excited; you can save on Canyon Bakehouse products today with this coupon. Either fill out your info on their website on the link provided or like them on facebook and you can get a $1 off coupon. I hope you enjoy Canyon Bakehouse products as much as I do!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

Gluten Free Guide To Navigating Disney’s Epcot

Personally my little family loves dining in Epcot. We always enjoy meandering around the World Showcase and ending a few of our vacation days with a dinner in one of the countries. While my husband would certainly love to hop between the different cuisines, we usually make our dining decisions based on the gluten free offerings at each restaurant. Although we haven’t dined at nearly all of them, out of those that we have, some are certainly better than others at putting together a tasty and diverse gluten free menu. 

A day in Epcot for us usually starts bright and early and begins with ride hopping through Future World. My little girl’s favorite is Nemo and Friends and the amazing aquarium that surrounds the ride, not to mention her meet and greet with Mickey, Minnie, and some of their pals at the Character spot. After a full morning of meeting friends and riding rides, we either grab some lunch in Future World or head straight over to the World Showcase and grab something to eat later on our walk.  

Lunch for me is always our hardest meal, mostly because dinners are organized and planned months in advance but lunch is on the go and we’re stopping in to restaurants that haven’t been notified ahead of time of my gluten intolerance. No fear though, Disney has made things so simple for allergy diners these days that all you really have to do is request to speak with a manager at any dining location that you choose and review your options with them. Also, thanks to Disney I put together a Gluten Free Guide To Epcot Dining that shows you what gluten free products they offer in the park and where they can be found. 



Epcot Gluten Free Products. Click to enlarge.



Epcot Gluten Free Products. Click to enlarge.

As far as gluten free dinners go, with our advance dining reservations we’ve enjoyed a couple of meals, that you can check out my reviews on by clicking the restaurant names, at Rose and Crown Restaurant in United Kingdom and La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico. Each was delicious in their own way and we definitely plan on returning to both in our future vacations. While these dinner’s were fantastic, it makes me wish that I could place advanced notice for quick service locations too. However, even though lunches are more spontaneous, after scouting out great places ahead of time, I’ve never had an issue finding something good and safe to eat in any of Disney’s parks, hence where my guide comes in handy.

For a midday meal, this guide will certainly be even more valuable to the gluten free diner. You can spot where your favorite rolls and sandwich bread, as well as desserts are located in both Future World and the World Showcase. When we traveled to Disney pre-baby, actually baby was in Mommy’s belly at the time, we had our little food allergy nephew with us at the time. We decided to have lunch at Sunshine Seasons in Future World on our Epcot day and I just remember how excited he was to find out that they had his favorite Enjoy Life Chocolate Bar (one of the only sweets this little boy can enjoy). Using this guide, you’ll know exactly where you can snag your favorite gluten free drinks, treats, pastas, breads, and chicken fingers (Note: a lot of these are free of many other allergens as too).

A newer dining location that wasn’t indicated on this guide, but can absolutely accommodate a gluten free diner, is Italy’s Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. They’re open for lunch and dinner without dining reservations, so anyone can just stop in and get an authentic Italian dish along with a wonderful glass of wine off of their a humongous wine list. Check out my gluten free lunch at Tutto Gusto from our most recent Disney trip! It was a such a refreshing sit down lunch experience, a little different from your standard quick service, and I for one fully intend on stopping in again for a lunch or dinner on our next trip coming up later this summer.   

So make sure you pin or print this guide for your next Disney vacation so you’re armed and ready to tackle Disney dining in Epcot. There are so many dining locations to choose from in Epcot, but with a little homework of reading restaurant reviews online and this handy guide by your side you’ll be good to go. My recommendations, go for a quick service lunch at Sunshine Seasons and maybe a dinner at Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

Gluten Free Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet Dinner: A Family Favorite!

Growing up I’ve never been part of the burger loving group, always more of a hot dog kind of girl. I was simple, a plain hot dog on a fluffy bun and I was all set, and maybe if I was feeling extra adventurous that day I’d add a smidge of yellow mustard but that was rare. After years have passed and I met my husband, my tastes have changed a tad and I’m a bit more willing to try different things. Thank goodness I did too because it turns out that I love my husband’s burgers! He mixes in seasoned salt and worcestershire sauce and makes our burgers more meatball shaped so they keep their juice! Some things don’t really change though, I usually like to keep things simple when I’m topping my burger, just adding some cheese and dill pickles.

Since developing a liking for burgers, this recipe for Cheeseburger Pasta definitely caught my attention. Combining yummy cheesy burger with gluten free pasta cooked perfectly seemed like an amazing idea. Using the base recipe in a Taste of Home magazine, I just tweaked it a little to be gluten free and make it more Gluten Free Mom To Be. It was so simple, and besides the pot to boil your gluten free pasta in, it only required one skillet to throw everything together. Flavor wise, this recipe was amazing, even for a simple girl like myself who admittedly doesn’t like many of these ingredients individually, but together they make magic happen and may have dialed up my adventurous side a little bit more. We loved loved loved this recipe and it goes perfectly with both my gluten free pasta and my daughter and husband’s regular pasta. So pick out your favorite gluten free pasta (I prefer Barilla or Ronzoni) and mix in some cheeseburger ingredient staples and you have one delectable Gluten Free Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet Dinner, a family favorite for sure!

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups uncooked, gluten free elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 lb lean ground beef (I usually use 85% or higher if available)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes (Tuttorosso states gluten free on their packaging)
  • 2 tbsp dill pickle relish (Heinz is gluten free)
  • 2 tbsp prepared yellow mustard (French’s yellow mustard states gluten free on their website)
  • 2 tbsp ketchup (Heinz is gluten free)
  • 1 tsp steak seasoning (Use your favorite gluten free steak seasoning.)
  • 1/4 tsp seasoned salt (I use Lawry’s)
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

Directions:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Once pasta starts cooking, add 3/4 lb lean ground beef and 2 tbsp finely chopped yellow onion into a large skillet and brown over medium heat (cook until meat is no longer pink).


Brown ground beef and onions in skillet.



Brown ground beef and onions in skillet.

  • Drain liquid off meat and onion mixture
  • Once pasta is done cooking, drain and add to the cooked meat and onion mixture in the skillet. (You can add the pasta before you add the additional ingredients as instructed at this step or after; when I made it this time I added in the pasta after I mixed in the other ingredients with the meat and onions and it came out just as tasty.)
  • Continue to heat and mix in one 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes, 2 tbsp dill pickle relish, 2 tbsp yellow mustard, 2 tbsp ketchup, 1 tsp steak seasoning, and 1/4 tsp seasoned salt.


Add in seasonings, mustard, ketchup, and relish to beef and onions.



Add in seasonings, mustard, ketchup, and relish to beef and onions.

  • Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.


Simmer mixture



Simmer mixture uncovered for 5 minutes.

  • Remove skillet from heat and sprinkle 3/4 cup shredded, reduced fat cheddar cheese.


Top skillet dish with shredded cheese.



Top skillet dish with shredded cheese.

  • Cover skillet and let it stand until cheese is melted.


My mouth waters every time I think about this dish.



My mouth waters every time I think about this dish.

  • Serve and enjoy!

The best part for me about cooking and baking are the smells that fill your house. I love walking through and sniffing in the sweetness of a batch of cookies or a cake or the mouthwatering savory flavors in this Cheeseburger Pasta dish. Every time I make this one, my husband comes in after work, takes a deep breath, and immediately draws a huge smile across his face, while running into the kitchen to catch a sneak peak before he even puts his stuff down. My Gluten Free Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet Dinner is definitely a winner in our book in all categories, from smell and presentation to the most important category of taste. It definitely gives you all of the flavors of a big cheeseburger but with the twist of some gluten free pasta mixed in. Add this dish to your weekly meal plan for sure, as your family will definitely be glad that you did!  

TIP: If you’re making this dinner for both gluten free and non-gluten free family members as I usually do it’s really simple to split the recipe down the middle and make two separate portions safely. I usually boil up the two different kinds of pastas in their respective pots, and meanwhile I prepare the ground beef mixed with all of the other ingredients first. After the pasta has finished cooking, I just drain the water and divide the Cheeseburger components in the skillet in half between the two pots of pasta, and there you go, Gluten Free and Non- Gluten Free Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet Dinner!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

Gluten Free Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet Dinner


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Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 cups uncooked, gluten free elbow macaroni
  2. 3/4 lb lean ground beef (I usually use 85% or higher if available)
  3. 2 tbsp finely chopped yellow onion
  4. 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes (Tuttorosso states gluten free on their packaging)
  5. 2 tbsp dill pickle relish (Heinz is gluten free)
  6. 2 tbsp prepared yellow mustard (French’s yellow mustard states gluten free on their website)
  7. 2 tbsp ketchup (Heinz is gluten free)
  8. 1 tsp steak seasoning (Use your favorite gluten free steak seasoning.)
  9. 1/4 tsp seasoned salt (I use Lawry’s)
  10. 3/4 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Once pasta starts cooking, add 3/4 lb lean ground beef and 2 tbsp finely chopped yellow onion into a large skillet and brown over medium heat (cook until meat is no longer pink).
  3. Drain liquid off meat and onion mixture
  4. Once pasta is done cooking, drain and add to the cooked meat and onion mixture in the skillet. (You can add the pasta before you add the additional ingredients as instructed at this step or after; when I made it this time I added in the pasta after I mixed in the other ingredients with the meat and onions and it came out just as tasty.)
  5. Continue to heat and mix in one 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes, 2 tbsp dill pickle relish, 2 tbsp yellow mustard, 2 tbsp ketchup, 1 tsp steak seasoning, and 1/4 tsp seasoned salt.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove skillet from heat and sprinkle 3/4 cup shredded, reduced fat cheddar cheese.
  9. Cover skillet and let it stand until cheese is melted.
  10. Serve and enjoy!
Adapted from Taste of Home
Adapted from Taste of Home
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Gluten Free Guide To Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park

Today marks the beginning of a series of posts that I’ll be doing highlighting some truly fantastic information that I received from Disney. Thanks to the power of the internet, traveling with any kind of dietary restriction is much less overwhelming than it once used to be. When traveling to Disney World though, guests can be reassured of safe dining in their upcoming travels by not only Disney’s fantastic reputation but also by the countless allergy free dining reviews that are scattered online. I for one scour the internet before choosing my Disney dining reservations and tend to choose restaurants that other gluten free diners have had overwhelming success at.  While reviews are incredibly helpful, not to mention reassuring of Disney’s impressive abilities to accommodate all of its diners, it’s always nice to have a list of some sort to guide you through the parks to your favorite gluten free products. I for one know that after a morning of trekking through the parks, it would be so great if I could easily get my hands on my favorite brand of gluten free chicken fingers, pizza, rolls, and the best one yet cookies or a brownie. Disney has shared their go to allergy free brands and where you can find these products throughout the parks. I’ve condensed all of this info into park or resort specific guides that you can print or pin so they’re on hand at all times. 



Magic Kingdom Park Gluten Free Products, Click to enlarge.



Magic Kingdom Park Gluten Free Products, Click to enlarge.

Check out my first guide of Magic Kingdom’s go to gluten free products! As you look through the table, remember this isn’t necessarily a menu but rather a list of only the specific gluten free brands of items that they carry at these table service and quick service locations; this list does not include menu items that are inherently gluten free or that can be made to be gluten free, i.e. a hamburger, hot dog, turkey sandwich, salad, and drink. Thanks to this list, now I know where I can grab a sandwich on my favorite Udi’s bread or rolls, at either Be Our Guest in Fantasyland or Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland, and my favorite gluten free brownie or chocolate chip cookie by OMG, also at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland or Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland. Now with this guide, just pick out your favorite gluten free eats and you can easily navigate through dining in Magic Kingdom to find them. Enjoy! Note: The products listed in this post and future posts in this series consist of items that may be available at these specific dining locations. Disney does state that product offerings are subject to change at any time without notice, so that being said some products may not be available at the location that is suggested on this table. For a dinner reservation, you’ll always want to note your allergy ahead of time in your reservation, but also you can ask to speak with the restaurant directly, see if a specific product is available, and if not, maybe put in a request. As far as lunch, just ask at the counter before ordering just to make sure that they have your favorite products on hand. From personal experience, I do know that while I’ve enjoyed a sandwich at some locations on one type of roll on one trip, the next one I may enjoy it on another type of roll that is listed, it all depends on availability I suppose. Nevertheless, start your dining search using this guide to navigate you through Magic Kingdom Park and pick out some great dining locations.  Sincerely, Lindsay

Pacific Organic Gluten Free Soups

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In the gluten free world it’s quite difficult to find a good and safe bowl of soup. A major brand that reminds probably each one of us of a warm childhood memory is Campbell’s Soup. Unfortunately Campbell’s Soups, as similar to many soups in restaurants and at your local grocery store, contain wheat and are thus off limits to those that are gluten free. Sadly, I had to say goodbye to nice warm bowls of chicken noodle and tomato soup on those cold winter days until I came upon Pacific Soups. Pacific is a huge brand of organic products ranging from drinks to soups to broths of all kinds. One of my favorite products though is their Creamy Tomato soup which is deliciously gluten free. More than just the Creamy Tomato soup is gluten free though, they offer so many gluten free soups and other products so be sure to check out Pacific’s gluten free products. See something that you want to try? Maybe that fantastic Creamy Tomato soup, which has by the way turned into my daughter’s new favorite lunch? Print out this coupon here and save a little on your purchase!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

A Reliable Gluten Free Dining Experience That Can Be Enjoyed By All: Thank You P.F. Chang’s!

Okay so I guess I’ve been bitten by the Chinese food bug lately.  I blame Disney; ever since our trip a few months back and I enjoyed that fabulous Pan-Asian noodle dish at Kona Cafe, I’ve been craving Asian inspired cuisine like crazy. As I eluded to yesterday, when I’m not enjoying my homemade Chicken And Green Veggie Stir Fry at home, I’m getting my Chinese food fix at our local P.F. Chang’s. For those of you who haven’t been to a P.F. Chang’s, you absolutely must try it, their gluten free menu is fairly large and offers some very tasty Asian cuisine.

Now, anytime I venture out of the house to attempt a gluten free meal I feel incredibly nervous, with a bit of anxiety. It’s actually kind of sad to feel that way about having a night off from cooking and enjoying a meal out with your family, but unfortunately everywhere in the world is just not quite as prepared to offer entirely gluten free food causing myself to be glutened. Sadly I have been glutened before and it is an excruciating experience for me, so I never take eating out lightly at all. I usually only go to places that have had a great reputation as far as allergy free cooking is concerned, also they have phenomenal reviews from other gluten free diners, and finally that offer an impressive gluten free menu that truly demonstrates their desire to accommodate gluten free diners by not only offering a large variety but also items that include all of their parts and not just a plain piece of meat. That being said, it’s obvious that I’m extremely selective on our locations when we dine out, but hey I have to be.

Over the past few years, we’ve dined at P.F. Chang’s and will keep dining there as each and every experience that we’ve had has been nothing but impressive and enjoyable. Their staff is always extremely knowledgeable and they can accommodate not just gluten free folk, but allergies of all shapes and sizes, as even my dear nephew who has seemingly every food allergy under the sun has even successfully dined there without any reactions. You feel the love after just sitting down and taking a look at the menu and seeing their pretty large gluten free section, right there in the main menu, that’s right no separate menu for us! (Just a tip, if you have any other kind of food allergy, just request another menu that specifically addresses that allergy.)

While P.F. Chang’s menu is intended for items to be shared, for us we usually don’t do this since my dishes are gluten free and my husband usually prefers to order a seafood, non-gluten free item. So, ordering for me is pretty simple, I typically go with the gluten free Chicken Lettuce Wraps and a Beef and Broccoli entree. I’m a creature of habit I guess and usually order the same thing, but I know what I like and I’ve never really gone wrong with either one of these. While ordering, I usually remind the waiter of the severe gluten intolerance that I have again, even though I already did that when ordering my drinks, but it makes me feel better if I state it a few times, impressing upon the staff the dire consequences of a slip up.

Soon enough, my gluten free Chicken Lettuce Wraps arrive on a beautiful allergy plate with a logo and line circling around it; that’s right, P.F. Chang’s identifies allergy free dishes with a different plate from other diners, a great identifier for yourself when your dish is placed down in front of you. When my husband hasn’t ordered an appetizer for himself then we usually do share this one since it’s usually way too much for just myself to finish. However, his new favorite small plate, non-gluten free appetizer are the steamed pork dumplings, so when that’s the case then it’s leftover Chicken Lettuce Wraps for tomorrow’s lunch, which is fine by me!  



Chicken Lettuce Wraps



Gluten Free Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Now, down to the taste of these wonderful wraps! They are DELICIOUS! Every single time I order them I love them more and more. Chicken, green onions, and water chestnuts smothered in a gluten free soy sauce and all scooped into a lettuce cup, it’s such a great bite of food and a perfect appetizer. While these are a total winner for us adults, not everyone at our table agreed though on this dish.

On our most recent visit to P.F. Chang’s, which has really only been my daughter’s second time there her entire year and a half of life, we decided to leave behind a dinner from home and give her some of our meals. First up, were the chicken lettuce wraps which after my little girl’s first bite produced some type of sour face and shiver. Let’s face it, I knew it was a gamble giving her Asian cuisine, especially a dish with all new flavors and textures, like ground chicken and water chestnuts. Thankfully though our waiter came to the rescue and brought out some fresh veggies for her to munch on, which she LOVES, and she actually happened to really enjoy my husband’s steamed pork dumplings too. So, while little one enjoyed her Daddy’s dish, Mommy actually was able to gobble down a few lettuce wraps uninterrupted!

A few minutes later and our entrees had arrived. My gluten free Beef and Broccoli looked just as tasty as always. A huge allergy free, logo lined plate was placed down in front of me and was filled with thin, bite size pieces of flank steak and broccoli florets all cooked with fresh ginger, green onions, garlic, and a beautiful sauce. I love everything in this dish, but the star for me is the sauce that flavors it all. The seared beef and broccoli are perfectly flavored thanks to it and I always leave wishing that I knew how to recreate such a spectacular dish. Although I love this dish, I rarely am able to finish it in the restaurant. So even better, I always have leftovers for the next day’s lunch or dinner and let me tell you the Beef and Broccoli reheats perfectly, tasting just like it did the day before.



Beef With Broccoli



Gluten Free Beef With Broccoli

Every single meal at P.F. Chang’s we’ve enjoyed, while all for the great food and even better company, others thanks to extra special memories like watching our little girl enjoy a different cuisine for the first time. It means so much to my family to be able to create memories like these and enjoy a meal together where all of us are eating dishes that are equally tasty and safe. So many thank yous go out to P.F. Chang’s for offering a restaurant that not just myself, but many other allergy diners too can sit down with their families and share in the enjoyment of dining out. If you have a local P.F. Chang’s near you, make sure you pay them a visit and check out their gluten free menu ahead of time to pick out your favorite dishes! 

TIP: One of the perks that I love about P.F. Chang’s is that they offer lunch sized portions of their gluten free menu so you can enjoy their dishes at either meal. In fact, since we usually don’t share dishes, we’ve sometimes ordered lunch takeout on Saturday before 4 pm and have paid considerably less for plenty of food for dinner (not many leftovers, but certainly enough for dinner). Another feature that I love with P.F. Chang’s, is that they offer pretty good happy hour deals too. These typically run until 6 pm, I believe, and you can save a few dollars on their Chicken Lettuce Wraps, which happen to come in a gluten free version! Yay for saving a little bit of money while being gluten free!

Sincerely,

Lindsay

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